Glenkinchie 20-year-old

Overall rating
86.37/100
votes
135
Whiskybase ID
WB630
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2007
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
10Y Refill American Oak, 10Y Brandy Cask
Number of bottles
5124
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 190 CM000
Barcode
5000281022970
Added on
27 oct 2007 10:11 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 257.48

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Whisky reviews for Glenkinchie 20-year-old

19 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.37 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Cognac

    Ah, a golden oldie from Glenkinchie from the Diageo Special Releases of 2007, so it's been in the bottle for a while. The first ten years this Lowlander spent on refill American oak and then another ten years on brandy barrels.

    That brandy is already prominent on the nose with aromas of tropical fruits and wood. Some more caramel and vanilla, which makes it seem rather simple at first glance. But appearances are deceiving! Soon I am taken in by notes of the better cognac, grapes and overripe apples. The wood also provides some nice spicy notes. Take your time for this!

    Orchard fruit comes first, followed by quite a few herbs from the wood. The alcohol percentage makes your tongue tingle for a moment, but once the malt has settled in, the party begins. Apples, pears, grapes, but also toffee and peppers. Sweet grapes rear their heads, something of citrus all the way in the background. Nice dash of pepper, too. Again I am pleasantly surprised by an association with good cognac. Great balance. Delicious!

    The finish is not very long, but long enough. Nice and spicy until the end, where the fruit speaks for itself one last time. Think mandarin and apple. And on the deathbed suddenly something that reminds me of mustard, even if only for a moment.

    Complex and captivating Glenkinchie, for sure! But you have to take your time for it. This is only my 12th Glenkinchie, but one of the tastiest I've already tried!

  2. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  3. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. -sAxo- scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      The brandy is clearly noticeable and dominates at first.
      Aromas of tropical fruits, caramel & vanilla develop with a hint of wood & leather.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The high alcohol content conceals the aromas. So I added some water. The spectrum of flavors is much less pronounced here than in the nose.
      Garden fruits (apple / pear) combine with brandy & spicy wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long - fruity & beautifully spicy

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this one blindly, the question was to determine the cask behind the whisky. Did not guessed the brandy cask.
    • Nose
      87 87
      dried fruits, tutti fruity. melange of nuts, mocha and cacao.
    • Taste
      86 86
      full bodied, high in alcohol, nice sentation on the tongue, more fruits. rather sweet, like chewing gum with licorice root
    • Finish
      84 84
      bit hot and dry, sawdust, more licorice root.

  9. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Steviebee scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    By the totality of impressions - the barrel has nailed the foundation, too much brandy and grapes, too little is left for Glenkinchi, only at the finish the long-playing base breaks its way. I like cognac as such, I switched from it to whisky, but I do not like cognac very much in whisky.
    • Nose
      Cool, wet, grapes, wine notes, Hennessy-style cognac, wet wine barrel, raisins, malt, thinner, ether, herbaceous tones in the background.
    • Taste
        Sweet, cognac, a wave of pepper, grapes, oak, burnt sugar, fudge.
    • Finish
        Light pepper on a sweet fruit and grape background, tangerines, light oak mustard and only in the end breaks through a characteristic sourish, a little bit sharp as from ascorbic acid.

  13. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    what a fine dram, should have bought a bottle when it was launched, nowadays too expensive.
    89/100
    • Nose
      very fresh, slightly shy. rather spirity, perhaps it´s only the high ABV. so letś add some drops of water: yeah, opens up! apples, pears, oranges, hazelnuts, a bit of vanilla and hints of beeswax.
    • Taste
      much more intense, much higher complexity with the same fruitiness as on the nose but it´s much maltier with a honeyed background. also some sherry influence mostly on mild sultanas.
      really good.
    • Finish
      long, intense, rich, polished wood.

  15. RL_whisky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    With water the nose suffers a little bit, but it enhances the taste quite a bit (finish suffers a lot though). Best: try it both ways! Well worth it.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  16. zormik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Best Glenkinchie i've tasted so far!
    • Nose
      Fruity (peaches, apricots, oranges, bananas, grapes), sherry, dry, spicy (pepper, cinnamon), raisins
    • Taste
      Rich, oily, creamy, buttery, grenadine, nutty, nutmeg, fruity (apples, bananas, berries)
    • Finish
      Long, fresh, fruity, oaky

  19. andreas.niedermair did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Glenkinchie.Distillery@diageo.com wrote 01.11.2014 10:40:

    Dear Andreas,

    Thank you for your email.

    We think that the bottling was in 1987.

    With kind regards,

    Sabiné

    Sabiné Bucher

    Brand Home Lead Guide | DIAGEO | Glenkinchie Distillery| Pencaitland | EH34 5ET

    tel. +44 (0)1875 342 007 | 

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    -----Original Message-----

    From: Andreas Niedermair [mailto:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 

    Sent: 28 October 2014 11:13

    To: Glenkinchie.Distillery@diageo.com

    Subject: Enquiry on age statement

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    some months ago I purchased a Glenkinchie 20yo (2007) -

    http://whiskybase.com/whisky/630/glenkinchie-20-year-old - and I am wondering

    which vintage it may be (1986/1987/?).

    As it states that there were 5124 bottles filled, I think that this must have

    been more than 1 barrel.

    Can you possibly give me any information on this topic?

    Best

    Andreas Niedermair

  20. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Get over the quirky nose and then this whisky is very nice and special. Tnx CJ for bringing it to the FOTB.
    • Nose
      Very spirity at first. Spices of cloves and nutmeg. Grapes. Burnt rubber. Whiff of smoke (Glenkinchie?). Grassy notes. An unusual nose
    • Taste
      Much better. Sweet fruitiness pear, melon, bananas and goosberries. Very creamy and silky. A punchy edge of lemon and lime. Also bubblegum.
    • Finish
      Long. Peppery and oaky. Liquorice and ginger.

  21. granella2003 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Deep golden color. In the nose large and straight. Sweet and creamy with light fruit tones and a dry spiciness. A rich medium body, lovely mouth feel, slightly waxy (milk), soft fruit and vanilla oak. Beautiful flavor balance. Medium finish, drying with some licorice, and finally very noticeable the cognac oak where the whisky his last 10 years has lain.

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